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Ruquist States "Buddhism Came Before Christianity"

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on November 17, 2003 02:05:25 UTC

Ruquist wrote
Now Buddhism came before Christianity, so the Buddhists did not identify that Lord in Christian terms. But we all know who the Lord of Great Compassion must be - right?

Precisely, is that true? Do you care whether what you say is true in a deeper sense or is
shallow jingoism enough?
It is true that Siddhartha Gautama lived 500 years before Jesus. What is "Buddhism?" What is
"Christianity?" I believe the sentiments of both have been present longer than the institutions.
I believe the sentiments are equally old.
However, I believe that perceptions of the nature of God are gradually changing. It may be that those institutions' God and The Lord of Great Compassion might both be poor models of the real one.
(I also believe that folks who tampered with and falsified the archives of this forum, and who similarly destroy other records of human experience to deceive their fellow mortals, will be considered least in the ultimate judgement.

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